World's First Car!

When scientists first wanted to study car safety, they didn't use crash test dummies—they were the testers! A short video traces the history of car safety innovations in engines, frames, brakes, and more.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Research the current record for the fastest car
  • Compare safety statistics before and after each of the discussed safety innovations
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of common car safety features
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • High interest, especially to teens
  • Links to many other videos on the science of automobiles
Cons
  • None